Body tattoos are very popular throughout the world since centuries. As the sun was a deity of many ancient civilizations, people adorned the sun tattoo as an honor to their deity. However, today tattoos are used by men and women for self expression or to make a fashion statement. Nowadays, adorning a sun tattoo does not mean that you are a worshiper of the sun deity. Most of the people have the sun tattoo simply for its beauty rather than the meaning associated with it. However, there are several other meanings related to the sun tattoo.
Sun tattoo designs are gaining popularity with the sun becoming a timeless tattoo choice since tattoo lovers can choose to have modern or traditional designs illustrating the sun. There are various colors, designs and patterns available nowadays to pick from. Conversely, you can choose Celtic tattoos or tribal tattoos but this depends on your preference. Though the sun tattoo can be inked on any body part like the shoulder, chest, legs, arm, back etc, it will look hot if it is on the wearer’s belly button.
References about the sun can be found in all well known myths as well as lore in nearly all locations of the world. The sun has been considered and continues to be considered as sacred and became a worship symbol in the world especially, the ancient world. The symbolism and the role played by the sun differ depending on the culture. Thus, the motive behind getting sun tattoo designs varies and depends according to one’s belief, outlook and culture.
Sun Tattoo Meanings:
- The sun tattoo symbolizes all the qualities, characteristics and energies associated with the sun. One should know that the symbolism completely depends on the pattern or the way the tattoo has been made. Sun tattoos can be simple, monochromatic, or can even be complex and multicolored. The following are some popular meanings of sun tattoos.
- The sun is, in any culture, one of the highest regarded symbols of humanity.
- In any mythology, you will find that the sun is depicted as one of the highest in a pantheon of gods.
- The sun gives light, heat and life. Ancient civilizations revered it as a symbol of fertility, vitality, and every other quality that gives way to life.
- The sun symbol can be seen everywhere nowadays. Knowingly or unknowingly, people have incorporated the revered sun-design on many common objects we see today.
- Look at the design of an electric fan; that looks a lot like a sun design, right? Look at the overhead view of the Vatican, a common birthday cake, a coin, a pancake: the round sun symbol can be seen everywhere.
- Sun tattoos are sought after because they take the round sun symbols and use it to depict so much more.
- There are a whole lot of varieties of sun tattoos: rayed, plain circle, paired with a moon, gothic, tribal, Celtic… the list just goes on and on!!! As said before, each culture has its own depiction of the sun and hey, there are a lot of cultures (including the ancient ones) that exist.
- The sun tattoo is preferred by many because it has a number of symbolic meanings that can be adapted by every person.
- Some may choose a sun tattoo because of the symbolism of light and knowledge. Often, the sun tattoo can be interpreted as the light of knowledge that shines on the darkness of ignorance. This interpretation is, naturally, preferred by intellectuals.
- For others, the sun represents the cycle of life. These people get sun tattoos to remind them to live everyday as if the sunset is fast approaching. They live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment possible.
Your tattoo is sure to be popular and gain you envious looks, no matter whatever design you make, as one of the most important sun tattoo meaning is its ability to keep shining forever!